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Teaching Entry level Java with SCJP

 
Arsin Delve
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I passed my SCJP this week and I have a question I want to throw out there. I live in a fairly small town and the local learning center has been looking for someone to teach an "Introduction to Java" course. I am wondering if someone like myself who has this certification and about 1 year's experience should consider themself qualified to teach this, or if that would be out of the question. Obviously, it's up to the school to decide, but I thought I would get some feedback here before I approached the school. I appreciate your input.
 
Dave Vick
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Arsin
First, look at the objectives of the course to see if you are familiar with them. Then mkae the following considerations:
do you have enough time to devote to it? Remember it's not just standing there for a couple of hours teaching. It's grading programs, assignments, tests, and quizes. If it's truely an intro to programming class then you'll probably have a fair amount off out of class questions, emails, and people keeping you after class to ask questions and clarify things. Off class time to prepare lecture notes and brush up on topics you're not familiar with.
Second, are you/can you be an effective teacher? Being a good teacher doesn't have to mean you know everything about the subject. You have to be able to explain it to people who haven't seen it before. This would involve finding alternate ways to explain things other than how their textbook does it. I've met teachers who know their subject backwards and forwards but yet couldn't teach!! You have to be able to admit when you don't know, don't try to make something up - they'll know. Use it to show them how to find information they need.
Third, will you enjoy it? and will they enjoy learning from you?

hope that helps a little bit

Dave
 
Shawn Johnson
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I am in a simular situation, I think you should go for it,
Teaching is much more then knowing everthing about java, and it feels great, I taught a enter level programing using Java last year
 
Arsin Delve
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Thank you Shawn and Dave.
 
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